Petfinder Foundation grant will help FeLV+ kitties find forever homes!

We are thrilled to announce we’ve been given a $2000 grant from The Foundation. The adoption staff always works hard to help the feline leukemia positive (FeLV+) cats who make their way to MRFRS find loving homes.

These cats are often overlooked by potential adopters because they may need a little extra TLC as they grow older and, because FeLV can be transmitted to other cats through mutual grooming, these special cats need to live alone or with other FeLV+ cats. It can take a little extra time, but eventually, the purrfect person walks through the door, falls in love, and gives an FeLV+ cat or two a place to call home.


Congratulations to Stormy and Summer! They are the first two FeLV+ kitties placed with the help of The Foundation grant!


The “New Year, New Home” Grant awarded to MRFRS will give our staff the opportunity to shine a spotlight on MRFRS’s FeLV+ population by reducing adoption fees for these friendly felines and give cats of all stripes and statuses  the best possible chance to live happily ever after. Take moment to check out the press release below, learn more about The Foundation, and if you’re interested in meeting our FeLV+ felines, call our adoption counselors at 978-462-0760 or drop by for a purr and a pet during adoption hours.

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society Receives $2,000.00  Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, Salisbury, has received a  $2,000.00  Petfinder ‘New Year, New Home’ Pet Adoption Grant from The Petfinder Foundation. Petfinder and the Petfinder Foundation believes every adoptable pet deserves a forever home.  The Petfinder ‘New Year, New Home’ Pet Adoption Grant program is used to help subsidized pet adoptions with free or fee reduced fees at all Petfinder organizations awarded this grant.

The Foundation assists the 12,000+animalshelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Petfinder Foundation helps adoption organizations find homes for the pets in their care through its Sponsor A Pet, Disaster Fund, Quality of Life and other programs. Since its founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society posts its adoptable pets at

Step out with us for the 23rd Annual MRFRS Strut for Strays! 

We need your “purrticipation” again this year! Our 23rd annual Strut for Strays will raise much-needed funds to benefit MRFRS’ effective and life-saving initiatives on behalf of cats and the people who care about them.  Every dollar you raise will support our adoption, spay/neuter and veterinary care programs. 

We’ll see you Sunday, June 3 for a scenic 2.8 mile walk beginning and ending at historic Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury. 

  • Walker & Team Registration Starts at 11:15 AM
  • Walk at 12:00 PM

After the walk, all fundraisers can enjoy free pizza, beverages and cake. (All others can enjoy refreshments for a $10 donation.) While you’re there, stop by to meet MRFRS’ new “Top Cat,” Executive Director Curt Rogers.

And, yes, there will be gear! Every walker who raises at least $250 will get our coveted Strut for Strays hoodie, and those raising $50 will receive our Strut t-shirt! 

Fresh air, free food and funds for felines…can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday?

Want to fundraise the old fashion way? Download a Strut Brochure

Then, get your family, friends, and co-workers involved in your fundraising by sharing your page on Facebook!

Register today to walk and start raising funds! See you at the Strut!

If you’ve already registered and have questions about the event, please visit our FAQ.

We Would like to Thank Our Sponsors

Platinum Purr


Gold Purr


Silver Purr


Haverhill Steel


Bronze Purr

Shirley Magnanti & Joan Morrison

Copper Purr

MRFRS Vaccine Clinic March 17th Will Include Expanded Services

On March 17th from 11AM – 2PM, MRFRS will be teaming up with the vets and techs at The Animal Health Center of Salisbury, 59 Lafayette Road (click here for directions) to bring community pet owners vaccines and tests for cats and dogs at a reduced cost. A town of Salisbury representative will be there to renew your dog license too! Check out the list of services and pricing below.

Service For Cats & Dogs*
Rabies Vaccine – $12
Microchips – $15
Flea/Tick & Heartworm Preventatives (Prices Vary)

Just for Cats*
Feline FVRCP Vaccine Distemper – $15
Feline Leukemia Vaccine – $20
FELV/FIV Test (Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) – $45

Just for Dogs*
Canine DHPP Vaccine Distemper – $15
Lyme Disease Vaccine – $20
Kennel Cough Vaccine – $15
4DX Test (Heartworm/Lyme/Anaplasma/E.Canis) – $45

You don’t need to make an appointment but dogs MUST be leashed and cats MUST be in carriers. Help us spread the word and we’ll look forward to seeing you and your furry friends there!

*Reduced pricing only available 3/17/18 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM. Please call Animal Health Center of Salisbury for information about regular pricing.

We’re looking for our next Top Cat!

MRFRS is seeking an energetic and passionate Executive Director to lead us into our second 25 years of making the world a better place for cats and the people who care about them. Qualifications include previous management experience, a knack for non-profit development and leadership, excellent communications skills, and a passion, either personal or professional, for animal welfare.

Ho ho mew! The MRFRS Santa Claws online auction is OPEN!

Get a head start on your holiday gifting with our final auction of the year! No matter how long your shopping list — or whether your gift recipients are naughty or nice – you’ll find lots of great items to bid on.

Plus you’ll feel especially good because all proceeds from the Santa Claws Auction go directly to our effective and life-saving work on behalf of cats and kittens in need, and the people who care about them.

The auction runs from November 19th – December 4th. Click here to check it out.

On behalf of the cats, thanks for your support of the Santa Claws auction.